Skip to comments.Gen. Petraeus statement on Saudi Fatwa on Financing of Terrorism
Posted on 05/25/2010 12:14:37 PM PDT by Cindy
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Gen. Petraeus statement on Saudi Fatwa on Financing of Terrorism
U.S. Central Command
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (May 21, 2010) - U. S. Central Commander, General David Petraeus, released the following statement today regarding the recent fatwa issued by The Council of Senior Scholars in Saudi Arabia which, for the first time, specifically condemns and outlaws financing terrorism as a violation of Islamic law.
"Last month in Riyadh, the Council of Senior Scholars issued an important fatwa that deserves wider recognition than it has received. The Council has, of course, issued fatwas condemning terrorism before; however, this one has much greater significance. For the first time, the Council specifically addressed the issue of financing of terrorists and their activities. Citing the Holy Koran and hadiths, the Council explicitly declared that financing terrorism through any means is forbidden under Islamic law and constitutes a punishable crime. This ruling makes clear that the struggle against terrorist financing is not just an American or Western concern, but a global threat. In addition, the Council's ruling buttresses with its interpretation of Islamic law the international legal provisions on financing of terrorism. Consequently, the Council's ruling will bolster the existing counter-terrorist efforts with our Saudi partners and with other partners throughout the Muslim world. In view of all this, the courageous decision by the Saudi Council of Senior Scholars deserved special mention."
Petraeus Lauds Saudi Fatwa Condemning Terrorism Financing
By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, May 22, 2010 Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command, praised Saudi Arabias religious leaders for taking a major step toward promoting broader counterterrorism cooperation by their recent rejection of financing terrorism as un-Islamic.
In a statement released last night from his headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Petraeus noted the significance of a fatwa recently issued by Saudi Arabia’s Council of Senior Scholars. A fatwa is a religious opinion, issued by an Islamic scholar concerning Islamic law.
Petraeus lauded the fatwa that, for the first time, specifically condemns and outlaws the financing of terrorism as a violation of Islamic law.
Issued last month in Riyadh, the Saudi councils most recent fatwa cites the Koran and lessons from the prophet Mohammed in declaring any means of financing terrorism a punishable crime.
This ruling makes clear that the struggle against terrorist financing is not just an American or Western concern, but a global threat, he said. In addition, the council’s ruling buttresses with its interpretation of Islamic law the international legal provisions on financing of terrorism.
In doing so, Petraeus said the councils ruling will bolster the existing counter-terrorist efforts with our Saudi partners and with other partners throughout the Muslim world.
He praised the Saudi councils courageous decision in issuing the fatwa.
Army Gen. David H. Petraeus
U.S. Central Command
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“the Council specifically addressed the issue of financing of terrorists and their activitie...”
But not Jihad, which is still totally acceptable, being that it is mandated by the Koran.
Don’t get played.
I don’t think the shiites can give a rats ass about it.
Exactly. They addressing attacks against the kingdom of saud? Because I know they don’t care about attacks against the kafir and people of the book.
IF they mean it, truly mean it, then good on them. Better late, than never.
Is this fatwa kinda like a U.N. resolution?
I don’t think Petraeus falls for it; he’s just playing the game.
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